At the IACP – November 10

The day started with the presentation of the 16th Annual Award for Quality in Law Enforcement. Several NLEOMF members were in attendance. Named for the IACP’s first president, the Webber Seavey Awards are presented each year by the IACP and Motorola in recognition of quality performance by police agencies around the globe. This year’s winners include programs from the Bundi District Police in Rajasthan, India, the Cincinnati Police Department and European Union Integrated Rule of Law Mission for Iraq, along with dozens of finalists and semi-finalists.

In helping to present the awards, Director Carl Peed of the federal Office of Community Oriented Policing Services praised Motorola for supporting not only the Webber Seavey awards, but also the NLEOMF, the National Law Enforcement Museum and other projects. One the Museum project’s largest donor, Motorola is funding the 9-1-1 Emergency Call Center in the Museum.

Back at the exhibit booth, a new and popular item this year came courtesy of corporate partner 3M. The company provided us with neck lanyards made out of the same reflective Scotchlite material that meets new federal regulations for visibility gear that are going into effect later this year. Co-branded with the NLEOMF Drive Safely campaign, the lanyards inform agencies about a website where they can get information about the regulations and links to officer safety information.

The day ended with “Host Chief’s Night,” a chance for the local police chief – in this case, William Landsdowne of the San Diego Police Department – to show his appreciation for everyone attending the conference. The event was held at Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres, and attendees got to eat, drink and check out their baseball skills at a number of interactive “work stations” set up around the park.

Preview for November 11: Laurie Baty, Senior Director for Museum Programs, leads a workshop on how to collect, catalog and store information and artifacts that may help the National Law Enforcement Museum or local communities preserve their history.